By Susan Shinn Turner Finally! It’s Graduation Sunday for St. John’s Class of 2020! Our congregation’s high-school seniors will receive recognition during the 11 am service on Sunday, August 2, wearing their caps and gowns (and masks!), representing nearly every high school in Rowan County. Annual scholarship recipients also will be announced, according to Pastor…

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By Pastor Laura Henrik Our summer mission trips might be cancelled but our heart for reaching out is bigger than ever. Therefore, we are moving our annual Youth Auction to an online format May 18-22. On our website, we will have a tab for the youth auction. There will be new items posted each day.…

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By Susan Shinn Turner When Pastor Laura Henrik first felt the call to ministry, she felt the call to youth ministry. But she was told by others who worked in that area, “That’s cute, but what do you want to do when you’re 40?” “At 34,” Pastor Laura says, “I feel a call to youth…

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By Susan Shinn Turner After 10 years and three children in the youth program, Jake and Carole Parrott are passing the torch as youth advisors. When their oldest daughter, Lauren Miller, came through the youth program, the Parrotts say, there were already strong leaders in place: Steve and Celia Jarrett, Amy Ritchie, Don and Marsha…

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By Susan Shinn Turner During the 2018-2019 school year, some 120 middle-schoolers and high-schoolers were active in the St. John’s youth program. The best attended Sunday night welcomed 49 middle-schoolers and 41 high-schoolers — just a random Sunday evening with 90 kids. Those are amazing figures for the youth program, which has been under the…

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By Susan Shinn Turner It’s a busy summer planned for youth ministry, and Kai Thurow, youth minister, is ready to roll. Well, just about. “This is when I switch into summer mode,” Kai says of the month of May. Here’s a look at what’s going on at St. John’s this summer for youth group members…

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By Susan Shinn Turner “Flexibility is key to the game.” That’s the note Youth Minister Kai Thurow has attached to his printer. It’s a good thing. Kai has definitely had to be flexible when planning this year’s youth auction, set for Sunday, March 31, beginning at 4:30 pm. He notes that another major community fundraiser…

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It’s about that time of year when we begin our Angel Tree Project. Each year, St. John’s faith community sponsors families to experience the love of God and joy of Christmas through our Angel Tree Project, in partnership with the Salvation Army. We want you to partner with us in this endeavor! Here’s how it…

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This morning my service project was with Mobile Meals. We went to a bunch of houses and we went up to the door and brought them hot and cold meals for the day. And at one of the houses we went to a lady invited us in. And when we went in she told us…

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So my favorite thing today was probably being able to help the growers at Beardsley Farm grow food to give to people that need food. So another high of my day, after we were done picking weeds at Beardsley Farm was throwing a baby potato around playing catch with it. For my second service project…

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